Ford- Fairmount/Zephyr 1978-1983 Repair Guide




  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the fan shroud attaching bolts and position the shroud back over the fan.

Shroud removal, radiator hose disconnection and thermactor hose removal may be necessary, depending on the engine, so that damage will not occur when raising the engine for crossmember or attaching bolt removal.

  1. Remove the upper engine-to-transmission mounting bolts (depending on engine) if they are accessible. Raise the front and rear of the car and safely support on jackstands.
  3. Drain the transmission fluid from the pan and converter.
  5. Remove the exhaust pipe(s) and converter(s), if necessary, to gain clearance for transmission removal. Disconnect any sensor wiring or hose.
  7. Remove the driveshaft, disconnect the transmission linkage, vacuum line, wiring harness and speedometer cable.
  9. Remove the starter motor and lower converter dust shield (inspection plate) and engine brace.
  11. Remove the converter-to-flywheel attaching nuts. Turn the engine by placing a wrench or socket on the crankshaft pulley nut to bring the mounting nuts in position for removal. On 4-cylinder engines, turn the engine in the direction of normal rotation only or the timing belt could be damaged or jump a tooth on the camshaft gear.
  13. Disconnect the transmission cooler lines at the transmission and remove the filler tube, if not already removed when draining the transmission fluid.
  15. Place a transmission jack under the transmission after disconnecting the rear motor mount from the crossmember. Raise the transmission slightly and remove the rear crossmember.
  17. Take one last look to ensure that everything has been disconnected from the transmission. Remove the remaining engine-to-transmission mounting bolts. On some 4-cylinder models it will be necessary to disconnect the motor mounts and raise the engine to reach the top engine-to-transmission mounting bolts. Use two jacks: one supporting the transmission and the other to raise the engine. Use extreme caution when jacking.
  19. Lower the transmission slowly until enough clearance is gained for removal. Be sure enough room is available between the fan blades and radiator and no hoses are stretched. When enough clearance has been gained, support the engine with a jack and slowly move the transmission toward the rear of the car. Be sure the torque converter remains on the transmission. Slightly pry away from the flywheel, if necessary.
  21. When the transmission and converter are separated from the engine, lower and remove from under the car.
  23. Installation is in the reverse order of removal. When installing, take care not to damage the flywheel, be sure the converter mounting studs are correctly aligned. The converter must rest squarely against the flywheel indicating that the converter pilot is not binding.

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Fig. Fig. 1 Torque